Celebrating Yoga – The Philosophy of Holistic Health.
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. People all over the world are now venturing upon the idea of learning yoga, but Indian yogis and yoginis are practicing yoga for centuries. The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current prime minister of India Narendra Modi in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Every year since then, June 21st is celebrated as Yoga Day. Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Yoga is not only a physical exercise but in the ancient medical science of ‘ayurveda’, yoga is believed to be useful for curing patients internally.
Yoga has become so popular around the globe that many tourists visiting India often spend some time learning yoga from various religious ashrams. Some people specially visit India to learn yoga and stay here for a couple of years to professionally teach yoga in their respective countries. With growing popularity and people’s interest, yoga is now not only limited to physical sessions. Virtual classes and training programs are now easily available on the internet from trainers around the world.
This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, people will be performing yoga from their homes. Indian government has collaborated with famous personalities and yoga experts to conduct online yoga sessions on this Yoga Day which will then be broadcasted on various internet platforms as well as the government of India’s official online portal. This year’s Yoga Day theme, due to physical distancing measures adopted by most countries, is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”. In the words of Mr.Narendra Modi himself,”Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.”
Be a part of this year’s Yoga Day celebrations. It is not just about exercise but also about discovering the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.